American clarinetist and BG France Performing Artist MICHAEL DEAN's performing and teaching have been praised as "dynamic," "wonderful," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super" and "brilliant performer." Dr. Michael Dean maintains a national and international profile with recent recitals and master classes in Spain, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. Upcoming plans for summer 2016 include recitals in Arlington and Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas (ClarinetFest 2016), a clarinet clinic at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention and a residency as Clarinet Artist Faculty at the Orfeo Music Festival 2016 in Vipiteno, Italy.
Dr. Dean has appeared as a clarinet recitalist at Carnegie Hall and has a sustained record of recitals, clinics, master classes, and presentations at international (ClarinetFests), national (NACWPI), and state (TMEA/TBA) conferences. He tours as a solo recitalist and clinician internationally and across the USA. His tour of England was highlighted by stops at the Royal Northern College of Music, University of Sheffield, Colchester Institute, and Liverpool Hope University. In the USA, he's given recitals and master classes at universities on tours of New York, California, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and Texas: Eastman, Ithaca, Crane, CalArts, Cal State Northridge, San Diego State, Cal State Long Beach, Arizona State, Arizona, Northern Arizona, Florida State, Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, UNLV, Rice, University of North Texas, TCU, Baylor, Texas State, SMU, Texas A&M Commerce, University of Texas at Arlington, and Sam Houston State.
As a clarinet performing and recording artist, he is featured on New Media (YouTube) and five commercial CD's: Mysteries, Desertscape, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald Volumes 1 and 2, and Red Mesa Trio. He is currently preparing another new solo CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He has extensive experience as an orchestral, chamber, and orchestra pit musician: Abilene Philharmonic, Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio and Duo 35. He recently performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Dr. Dean has commissioned, premiered, edited and recorded numerous new and lesser-known clarinet works.
Michael Dean has achieved national and international recognition through his noted and widely-read "ClarinetMike Blog," clarinetmike.wordpress.com. The clarinet blog has been read by clarinetists in 147 countries on 6 continents. He's published articles in print journals such as WINDPLAYER, Southwestern Musician, NACWPI Journal, The Bandmaster's Review and online publications, such as Vandoren's widely-distributed WAVE e-newsletter.
Dr. Dean was previously Associate Professor of Clarinet (tenured) at Southeast Missouri State University for 11 years. In 2012, due to family concerns, he resigned his secure position at Southeast Missouri State and returned home to his native Texas as a clarinet performer, teacher and clinician based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An active clinician, he has given more than 250 clinics, master classes, and performances at high schools, universities, conservatories, conferences, etc.
He is a past president and former officer on the Executive Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). He was Co-Director of the NACWPI/CMS 2012 National Conference (San Diego, CA), NACWPI 2011 National Conference (University of Florida) and the NACWPI/MENC 2010 National Conference (Washington, D.C.). At Southeast Missouri State University, he founded and directed the Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day annual festival for 10 years.
Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman and Pam Youngblood. Video and audio of his performing and teaching, as well as information on his CD.s and other publications, are available at clarinetmike.com, clarinetmike.wordpress.com, and linkedin.com/in/clarinetmike. Mike and his family reside in Hurst, Texas.